Joan D. Vinge
|Born||April 2, 1948|
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
|Notable works||The Snow Queen, The Cat Novels|
|Spouses||Vernor Vinge (1972–1979, divorced)|
James Frenkel (1980–present)
Joan D. Vinge (// (listen); born April 2, 1948 as Joan Carol Dennison) is an American science fiction author. She is known for such works as her Hugo Award-winning novel The Snow Queen and its sequels, her series about the telepath named Cat, and her Heaven's Chronicles books.
Vinge has been married twice: first to fellow science fiction author Vernor Vinge from 1972 to 1979, and currently to science fiction or James Frenkel since 1980. Vinge and Frenkel have two children, and live in Green Valley, Arizona. She has taught at the Clarion Workshop several times, both East and West. Besides writing, Vinge also makes and sells dolls.
On March 2, 2002, Vinge was severely injured in a car accident that left her with "minor but debilitating" brain damage that, along with her fibromyalgia, left her unable to write. She recovered to the point of being able to resume writing around the beginning of 2007, and her first new book after the accident is the 2011 novelization of the movie Cowboys & Aliens.
Vinge's first published story, "Tin Soldier", a novella, appeared in Orbit 14 in 1974. Her stories have also appeared in Analog, Millennial Women, Asimov's Science Fiction, and several "Best of the Year" anthologies.
Several of her stories have won major awards: Her novel The Snow Queen won the 1981 Hugo Award for Best Novel. "Eyes of Amber" won the 1977 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. She has also been nominated for several other Hugo and Nebula Awards, as well as for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her novel Psion was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.
In March 2007, a new ion of her novel Psion was released, which includes a sequel novella, "Psiren", together in one volume.
At the time of her accident in 2002, Vinge had been working on a new, independent novel called Ladysmith, set in Bronze Age Europe; she resumed writing Ladysmith once she was able to begin writing again in 2007.